Scripture: Acts 28

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Ashore On Malta

Acts 28:1-10 (KJV) And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita (Malta).  And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.  And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.  And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.  And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.  Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god. In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.  And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.  So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed: 10 Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.

Questions and Answers:

1. How did the people who lived on the island treat Paul and the others (Acts 28:2)? They were treated kindly by those who lived on the island.

2.  What happened to Paul as he was laying sticks on the fire (Acts 28:3)? As Paul was laying sticks on the fire a viper came out and latched on to him.

3.What did the islanders believe about Paul (Acts 28:4)? The islanders believe Paul must be a murderer, whom though he had escaped the sea, yet vengeance would take his life.

4. But what happened instead (Acts 28:5)? Paul shook the viper off into the fire and felt no harm.

5. Then what did the islanders believe about Paul (Acts 28:6)? Then the islanders believed he was a god.

6. Who was sick of a fever and a bloody flux (Acts 28:7-8a)? Publius’ father was sick of a fever and a bloody flux.

7. What did Paul do for Publius’ father (Acts 18:8b)? Paul prayed for and laid hands on Publius’ faither and healed him.

8. What did other sick islanders do (Acts 28:9)? Other sick islanders came to Paul and were healed.

9. How did the islanders honor Paul and the others (Acts 28:10)? The islanders honored Paul and the others in many ways and furnished them with supplies when they set sail.

Arrival At Rome

Acts 28:11-16 (KJV) 11 And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. 12 And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.  13 And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli: 14 Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome.  15 And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.  16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.

Questions and Answers:

1. What was Paul allowed to do once they reached Rome (Acts 28:16)? Paul was allowed to live by himself with a soldier to guard him.

Paul Preaches At Rome

Acts 28:17-31 (KJV) 17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.  18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.  19 But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of. 20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain. 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.  22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that everywhere it is spoken against.  23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.  24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.  25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.  28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.  29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.  30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, 31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Questions and Answers:

1. Who did Paul call together three days after he arrived in Rome (Acts 28:17a)? Paul called together the leaders of the Jews.

2. What did he tell them (Acts 28:17b-20)? Paul told the leaders of the Jews that he had committed nothing against the people, or customs of their fathers.  He was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans.  They examined him and wanted to release him because he wasn’t guilty of any crime deserving death. Then the Jews objected and he was compelled to appeal to Caesar. He told the leaders this was the reason he had asked to see and talk to them.  He said it was because of the hope of Israel that he was bound with chains.

3. What did the leaders of the Jews say to Paul (Acts 28:21-22)? The leaders of the Jews said they had not received any letters from Judea concerning Paul.  And that none of the brothers who had come from there had reported or said anything bad about Paul. Then the leaders of the Jews said they wanted to hear what Paul’s views were, for they knew people everywhere were talking against the sect.

4. When the day came for him to speak to the leaders of the Jews what did Paul do (Acts 28:23)? Many came to Paul and he expounded and testified the kingdom of God from morning until evening.  He persuaded them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses and out of the prophets.

5. What was the results of Paul talking (Acts 28:24)? The results of Paul speaking was some believed why some did not.

6. When did the people begin to leave (Acts 28:25a)? The people began to leave when they disagreed among themselves.

7. What did Paul say about the people’s forefathers and the Holy Ghost (Acts 28:25b-27)Paul repeated what the Holy Ghost had said through Esaias (Isaiah) about their forefathers.  Their forefathers heard but didn’t truly understand.  They saw but didn’t truly perceive. Because their heart had become calloused.  They weren’t listening or seeing or understanding.  For if they did they would see, hear, and understand with their eyes, ears and heart and turn and be healed by God.?

8. What did Paul say about salvation (Acts 28:28)? Paul said that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles and that they will hear it.

9. What did Paul continue doing for two years (Acts 28:30-31)? Paul dwelt two years in his own hired house and welcomed all who came to see him.  He boldly and without hindrance preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.

HEAR the WORD

Acts 28:3-6 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.  And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.  And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.  Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  How could one incidence change someone’s mind? First the islanders thought Paul must be worthy of death then a short time later they believed he was a god.

MEMORIZE the WORD

These verses don’t have to be memorized just understood.

Acts 28:28 Paul said, “Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen.”

Acts 28:31 Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

As a Gentile I’m very glad God sent the message of salvation to me.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Since I’m a believer I purpose to boldly and without hindrance share the gospel with those around me.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will not judge others by one incident in their life (Acts 28:4-6).  In fact, Lord, I pray we will not judge anyone but leave that up to You. Lord, I pray we will help others financially who are ministering around the world (Acts 28:10). Lord, I pray we will show hospitality to those who are in need of a place to stay (Acts 28:14).  Lord, before we decide on a particular doctrine I pray we will listen thoughtfully and carefully to the person sharing (Acts 28:22). Lord, thank You for sending salvation to the Gentiles (Acts 28:28).  Lord, I pray we will boldly and without hindrance preach the kingdom of God and teach about the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 28:31). In His name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I boldly share the gospel.” <>< Dona